Based on Posy Simmonds' beloved graphic novel of the same name (which was itself inspired by Thomas Hardy's classic Far From the Madding Crowd) this wittily modern take on the romantic English pastoral is a far cry from Hardy's Wessex. Tamara Drewe's present-day English countryside-stocked with pompous writers, rich weekenders, bourgeois bohemians, a horny rock star, and a great many Buff Orpington chickens and Belted Galloway cows-is a much funnier place. When Tamara Drewe sashays back to the bucolic village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara-once an ugly duckling-has been transformed into a devastating beauty (with help from plastic surgery). As infatuations, jealousies, love affairs and career ambitions collide among the inhabitants of the neighboring farmsteads, Tamara sets a contemporary comedy of manners into play using the oldest magic in the book-sex appeal.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A bucolic romp set in a strikingly picturesque spot in England's Dorset County, it has its moments of charm. But the clever comedy it promises never really materializes.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 10.21.2010
While no one would celebrate Tamara Drewe as a great movie, it is a reliable dispenser of visual and erotic pleasures.Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11.04.2010
Tamara Drewe is one in a million.Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 10.21.2010
This screen adaptation by director Stephen Frears successfully re-creates the strip's pastoral tone and cheeky humor.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 11.12.2010